South Students Receive Top Science Awards


Posted on March 13, 2017
Joy Washington


South Alabama students, from left, Anesha Lee, Ebony Johnson and Meghan Sergeant presented papers in the Health Sciences section of this year's Alabama Academy of Science competition. Sergeant won first place and Johnson won second place. The AAS held its 94th annual meeting on South's campus, attended by more than 250 scientific experts, science faculty and teachers, and college and high school students.  data-lightbox='featured'
South Alabama students, from left, Anesha Lee, Ebony Johnson and Meghan Sergeant presented papers in the Health Sciences section of this year's Alabama Academy of Science competition. Sergeant won first place and Johnson won second place. The AAS held its 94th annual meeting on South's campus, attended by more than 250 scientific experts, science faculty and teachers, and college and high school students.

A number of University of South Alabama undergraduate and graduate students won awards for their outstanding paper and poster presentations at the 94th annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science, held at USA in February.

The annual meeting for scientists — as well as graduate, undergraduate and high school students who are aspiring scientists — is designed to promote scholarly interaction, the exchange of scientific information, and scientific research within Alabama. The Alabama Academy of Science was organized in Mobile in 1924 with 40 charter members representing academic and governmental interests in science.

The event’s keynote speaker was Edward Osborne Wilson, university research professor emeritus at Harvard University, whose research has explored human origins, human nature, and human interactions. Wilson has also been a pioneer in spearheading efforts to preserve and protect the biodiversity of this planet. Also speaking at the conference was Catherine Zivanov, a 2016 USA graduate and current medical student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

The USA students receiving awards were:

Biological Sciences

  • Emma Rhodes, paper, first place
  • Molly Miller, paper, second place
  • Hannah Brooks, poster, second place

Chemistry

  • Taylor Hamby, poster, second place,

Physics and Mathematics

  • Kevin Ingles, paper, first place

Engineering and Computer Science

  • Baha Yakupaglu, poster, first place
  • Luke Smith, poster, second place

Social Sciences

  • Sarah Taylor, poster, first place
  • Lauren Wheat, poster, second place

Anthropology

  • James Norris, poster, first place

Health Sciences

  • Meghan Sergeant, paper, first place
  • Ebony Johnson, paper, second place
  • Rachael Short, poster, first place
  • Ravi Rajendra, poster, second place

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